Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
Behind an exposed brick wall, clients at David Andrew Hair Salon & Skin Care Center perch on black styling chairs as stylists clip their locks. The skilled staff does more than basic haircuts, though; their service menu includes full highlights, deep-conditioning treatments, smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Equally as skilled are the aestheticians who man the salon’s skincare branch, where clients seek out waxing services, chemical peels, and intricate facials such as the collagen facial, which tightens the skin’s surface to fight the signs of aging.
With a sprawling front porch, 10-foot ceilings, and a dramatic interior archway, the Craftsman-style bungalow that shelters this beauty oasis hasn't lost any of the charm it has cultivated since its construction in 1908. Red and blue trim adorns the outside, mirroring the beauty found within in the form of hardwood floors, decorative wood molding, antique furniture, and a fireplace.
The experienced aestheticians of Forever Beautiful Salon & Wine Spa, the house’s current tenant, tend to nailcare, massage, hairstyling, and skincare services amid the splendid architecture, which is illuminated by chandeliers in every room. These spa specialists tackle skin and hair woes armed with elixirs from Obagi, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, and beautify clients with permanent cosmetics and mineral makeup—mined in Sri Lanka’s famed lipstick caverns. Sometime in the near future, spa patrons can head to the attached two-story structure, a former garage apartment built in the ’30s, and unwind further with little treats from the soon-to-be dessert café and coffeehouse.
At Verity Salons, stylists use color products imported from Italy alongside organic solutions and their own practiced eyes to revamp clients' coiffures. Owner Marc Vansco attended the Hair and Fashion Institute and trained under a master hairstylist before moving to Tampa and opening his own salon. With the help of his tight-knit team, he cuts and colors strands and supplies items from his own beauty line such as lip gloss and hairspray. As guests receive haircuts, facials, and makeup services, coral-colored walls and lime-green accents brighten up the salon better than a miniature sun trapped in a soda bottle.
Most Popular Service: Haircut
Brands Used: Redken, J Beverly Hills, Moroccan Oil
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring pictures of what you would like your hair to look like.
The veteran-owned L&C Hair Bar and Beaute' beautifies clients from head-to-toe using natural, eco-friendly products. Services include everything from facials to formaldehyde-free mani-pedis, but the salon's specialty remains hair. The resident stylist has more than 25 years of industry experience cutting and coloring locks, applying extensions, and executing special-occasion 'dos.